Archive for the ‘Profiles’ Category

Cuba: Blogger Yoani Sánchez Introduces Voces Cubanas

by Claudia Cadelo - 14 May 2009
Yoani Sánchez
Photo by Claudio Fuentes Madan

As a philologist and a blogger since 2007, Yoani Sánchez has been a big part of the phenomenon, which has been described by some as “blogostróika” in Cuba. Her blog Generación Y [es] is currently hosted on the portal Desde Cuba [es], which happens to be blocked within the country since the last week of March 2008. However, it is still available by anonymous proxy. Together with Reinaldo Escobar, she has helped organize the “itinerant blogger gatherings [es]” held during the past two months and is also on the jury for the blogging contest “A Virtual Island.”

She has been awarded with the Ortega and Gasset prize for journalism, the Bitácoras 2008 prize, and the BOBs organized by Deutsche Welle. On January 28, the new Voces Cubanas [es] (Cuban Voices) project was launched, which aims to gather citizen bloggers from across the island. To date, there are 8 active blogs and 15 in development.

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Interview with Chris Hofmann from Mozilla

by Christian Van Der Henst - 7 January 2009

The following interview with Chris Hoffman was done during México Web 2.0 2008 by Christian Van Der Henst of Maestros del Web. Chris Hoffman is the Director of Engineering and Special Projects of the Mozilla Fundation. In this interview he talks about the Latin American market, the future of search engines and how to be part of the Mozilla community.


Interview with Ricardo Galli on Menéame

by Eduardo Manchón - 29 July 2008
Ricardo Galli
Ricardo Galli by Benjamí Villoslada Gil

Continuing with our series Profiles, we have reproduced the following article originally published in on November 2007

Ricardo Galli quite openly tells us the most intimate details of Menéame; how much they earn monthly with Adsense, server costs, purchase offers, internal architecture, keys to success, problems, Varsavsky…

It is not very often that somebody explains so much about their own project. A brief summary and interview follows:

  • Menéame runs on a single server, in spite of having 65 million pages viewed according to Webalizer y and 1922 position in Alexa..
  • Menéame generates 4,000 dollars monthly in Adsense revenue
  • The current expense in servers is 500 euros
  • Ricardo Galli prefers Adsense to any other advertising proposal
  • He believes that it’s success is due to the fact that the software was developed by them from 0 and published as open source.
  • They accepted Varsasky as an investor to cover costs and to feel more secure (sues, legal issues, etc.)
  • There are only two developers: Ricardo Galli and Benjamí Villoslada
  • Initially Varsasky had a 10% share? of the company and now it has 33%
  • They have received offers for the whole of Meneame of more than 6 million euros.

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